Welcome to my website
I'm proud to represent the residents of Ipswich and the Somerset Region in Federal Parliament as member for the electorate of Blair.
On this website you'll find information on the work I do for Blair and the asssitance I can offer you as your local Federal member.
You can browse through my speeches and media releases and keep up to date with upcoming events.
Please don't hesistate to contact me if I can be of assistance with any Federal issue.
Labor will protect pensioners in Blair from Abbott's cuts
Labor will protect pensioners in Ipswich and the Somerset region from Tony Abbott’s latest cuts to the pension.
Around Australia, 330,000 pensioners are facing a cut to their pension.
Some single pensioners in Blair will be as much $8,000 a year worse off.
Some couples will lose as much as $14,000.
Before the election, Tony Abbott promised there would be no change to pensions.
Last year, he tried to cut the pension by up to $80 a week to over 3.5 million pensioners.
Together with pensioners, Labor has fought his measure every day for the last year.
And because of Labor, Tony Abbott was shamed into shelving his cuts to indexation.
But Tony Abbott hasn’t got the message. He still wants to cut the pension.
No money for Ipswich Motorway in Abbott’s Budget
The Abbott Government continues to ignore Ipswich and the Somerset region with the 2015-16 Federal Budget failing to allocate any real money to finish the Ipswich Motorway upgrade.
Finishing the last section of the Ipswich Motorway upgrade is vital to our economy and to the thousands of people who sit in traffic everyday and we can’t afford to wait until 2018/2019.
This isn’t just about fixing congestion and improving safety; it’s also about giving our farmers the very best opportunity to get their goods to the Rocklea Markets and for business to get their products to the Port of Brisbane for export.
Before the Federal Election, Tony Abbott made a commitment to fast track the upgrade the last six kilometre stretch of the Ipswich Motorway, but he’s turned his back on us and broken his commitment.
Blair hospital services to suffer as Abbott Government cuts $3.1 billion in funding
It has been revealed that hospital and health services covering Blair and surrounds will lose $3.1 billion in hospital funding from 2017-18 to 2024‑25 as part of Tony Abbott’s $11.8 billion cuts to health and hospital funding in Queensland.
Metro North area including Kilcoy will lose $2.3 billion in funding while the West Moreton region including Ipswich and the Brisbane Valley will have $803 million cut.
Support the Campaign to Stop Tony Abbott's Pension Cuts
I encourage all locals to stand with Labor by joining a new campaign calling on Tony Abbott to drop his planned pension cuts.
Federal Labor has launched a new campaign where locals can sign up at www.dontpocketourpension.com.au to tell Tony Abbott to drop these pensioner cuts.
Pensioners were some of the hardest hit in Tony Abbott’s unfair budget and I say enough is enough.
Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
On Thursday 25 June 2015, I spoke on the tabling of the final report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
My latest Speeches
- Blair Seniors Link Directory 2015 - 20 August 2015
- Cityhope Church's 'Day of Honour' service - 13 August 2015
- Centenary of ANZAC - 12 August 2015
- Speech to the GARMA Festival - 1 August 2015
- Address to Health Services Union NSW Branch Conference - 6 July 2015
- ADDRESS TO NOT-FOR-PROFT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT - SYDNEY - 3 July 2015